In advance of the 2024 Opera Holland Park Season, we delve into various themes and ideas behind the text and music in the company of our leading creatives and invited experts. From comedy to tragedy and the pastoral charms of Handel’s little opera, Acis and Galatea, the series is designed to whet your appetite for the performances to come and enhance your enjoyment in the summer.

For this panel talk, conductor and pianist Michael Papadopoulos, critic Robert Thicknesse, soprano Elizabeth Karani and Edward Behrens, editor of Apollo magazine, join Anna Picard to discuss social climbing in eighteenth century London, birdsong, water, and the Arcadian landscape of Acis and Galatea.